Virtual Art Therapy to Help Abused Children

Virtual Art Therapy to Help Abused Children Posted on January 10, 2006 | 3 Comments HK doctors pioneer use of virtual reality therapy to help abused children Posted: 10 January 2006 1805 hrs By Channel NewsAsia’s Hong Kong Correspondent Roland Lim HONG KONG : Researchers and therapists in Hong Kong have pioneered the use of virtual…

Arts Therapy for Children

Children are easily drawn to making art and other expressive means, as it is a natural form of communication for them and innate in our human development. Most children love to paint, model with clay, play, engage in drama/dance and so the creative arts are a natural conduit to enable personal change and easy for children to engage in. Arts therapy  encompasses a…

What is Art Therapy

Art therapy is a unique form of psychotherapy in which art and image-making play a central role within the therapeutic relationship. It is a predominantly nonverbal means of psychotherapy. Art therapy is about using art as a tool for communication, and through the therapeutic relationship, emotional and developmental needs can be addressed with the intention…

Bio – Julia Byrne

Julia Byrne, M.A. A.Th., Art Ed Julia grew up in Hong Kong  & since 1995 she has worked there as an art therapist with private clients (children, teenagers and adults) as well as families stemming from a psychotherapy framework. She has extensive experience working through various local organizations/NGO’s and the Hong Kong Hospital Authority for twenty years:…

Professional Memberships

The Hong Kong Association of Art Therapists (Founding President) American Art Therapy Association – Member Psychotherapy Society of Hong Kong – Member (Executive Committee (2001-2008; 2012-2015)) Hong Kong Institute of Analytical psychology – Member (Executive Committee (2007-2009))

Special Projects

Virtual Reality based Training Programme for Social  Adaptive and Emotional Training on School-aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Vpad) City University of Hong Kong Adjunct Professor (part-time) Develop Psycho-educational approach  on training social adaptive and emotion control for children with ASD  A part of the  research team Writing the instructional plan and training protocol Training teachers…

Other Presentations & Workshops

Asian Art Therapy Conference:  Healing Bridges ( 2009)  Creator of the Project and drafted the conference proposal Raised the funds, established the Organizing Committee Served on the Organizing Committee and Program Committee Presenter: 1.SAT Art Therapy Project 2. Cogart Project  Symposium on Arts and Mental Health (2008) Presenter: Expressions of Grief Through Art Holistic Therapies Conference (2006)…

SCMP – Art of hearts

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 February, 2006, 12:00am UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 February, 2006, 12:00am STANDING FIRM IN the face of a roaring tiger isn’t easy, but there are rich rewards for the victims of child abuse who use this new virtual technology to cope with trauma. In one of City University’s science labs, Sun (not…

Other Media & Press Coverage

SUN Newspaper (2008) Art Therapy Publication: Art Therapy as Healing   CNN International, SCMP, Mng Pao, Sun, Daily Newspapers (2006) Publications:  SAT Project (City University of Hong Kong)   PEARL TV, News Broadcast (2006)  Interview: The development of Art Therapy in Hong Kong   I-Mail, The Sun, and Ming Pao Newspapers (2000 ) Art Therapy publication…

SCMP – Art, dance and yoga fun for children with special needs

Sessions help children with special needs learn while they’re having fun PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 November, 2013, 4:07am UPDATED : Friday, 08 November, 2013, 4:07am The children dance, laugh and jump around to the sound of a saxophone and drums, then dash over to stick polka dots on 3-D art pieces when the music stops….